Research Associate in Pulse Crops- Moccasin, MT
Montana State University - Bozeman, MT

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This research associate position is under the supervision of the Central Agricultural Research Center (CARC) Cropping Systems Agronomist. This individual will coordinate and perform pulse crop variety selection and evaluation, and conduct on-station and on-farm research related to pulse crops.

Duties and

The primary duties include: 1) to coordinate the statewide pulse crop variety evaluation; 2) to work with pulse crop breeders to conduct variety selection and testing in Montana; 3) to conduct on-station (CARC) and on-farm studies related to pulse crops. The successful candidate will participate in the design, establishment, and maintenance of field studies; the application of treatments including pesticides, data collection, the analysis and summarization of research results; and the presentation of research results to producers. Duties also include the operation and maintenance of field and laboratory equipment, and the supervision of part-time and seasonal labor. The individual must be able to work with a wide variety of constituents, be self-motivated, and be able to work without close supervision. Some in- and out-state travel will be required. Other related duties as assigned.


B.S. degree in agronomy, biology, or a closely-related discipline plus substantial research experience.

Field research experience in agronomic crops, particularly in peas, lentils, and chickpeas. Experiences will include experimental design, field plot layout, establishment, and precision seeding; plot maintenance including fertilization and pest management; precision harvesting of experimental plots, and procedures and practices associated with grain cleaning and processing.

Experience in measuring, collecting, and recording of response variables and the associated data management procedures required for statistical analysis.

Experience in analyzing data and summarizing results.

Experience supervising employees.

Experience with word processing, spreadsheet, and statistics software.

Experience in coordinating multi-location studies.


M.S. in agronomy, biology, or closely-related field.

Research experience in pulse crop breeding and/or variety testing.

Knowledge of pulse crops and production practices. Experience in the operation and maintenance of field and laboratory equipment.

Experience in data analysis, interpretation, and presentation.

The Successful
Candidate Will

Have the ability to work independently and as part of a team environment; possess highly effective interpersonal skills including the ability to work cooperatively with research faculty, producers, and co-workers; be meticulous and precise in carrying out work assignments; follow instructions, maintain effective attention to detail, meet deadlines, and prioritize competing demands; and represent the CARC in a professional manner.


In accordance with MSU policy, hiring will be conditional upon successful completion of a pre-employment background check.

Some in- and out-state travel will be required, therefore must possess or be able to obtain a valid Driver's License.

Must possess or be able to obtain a pesticide applicators license within six months of hire.

Must be willing to work outside of traditional business hours when research protocols dictate.

Must be able to drive a pick-up truck while towing trailers or farm implements.

Must be able to enter, exit and operate numerous types of farm machinery.

Must be able to lift 60 pounds.

Must be able to safely use seed cleaning and seed processing machinery.

Must be able walk on and stand in rough terrain for long periods of time.

Must be able to work in extreme weather conditions. Must be able to work with and around dust, pollen-bearing plants and pesticides.


Screening of applications will begin on August 5, 2013 and will continue to be accepted until the position is filled.


To apply, submit the following :
  • (1) a letter of application that addresses the required and preferred qualifications listed above by clearly indicating relevant education and experience using specific examples; and
  • (2) a current resume or vitae, and
  • (3) the names and contact information of three professional references.

    Electronic submissions in PDF format are preferred, and must have the applicant's signature on the letter of application. For electronic submittals, please indicate "Applicant - Search #13-344" in the subject line of the email.

    Submit materials to:

    • Dr. Chengci Chen
    • c/o Lorrie Linhart, Administrative Associate
    • MSU Central Agricultural Research Center
    • 52583 US Hwy 87
    • Moccasin, MT 59462-9512


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